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The CEI Women's Business Center


Wed 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
8 sessions ending Wed, May 29
Topic: Marketing and Sales

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Spokeswomen: a facilitated peer group designed to help female entrepreneurs become more persuasive and effective communicators for a wide range of situations.

How does it work? Through this highly interactive 8-week online program, participants will gain clarity and develop their own personal style of speaking about their business. Each session is an opportunity to practice storytelling through a range of speaking scenarios, all with a supportive sounding board of female entrepreneurs who provide feedback and encouragement. Through supplementary homework exercises, participants deepen their understanding of persuasive speaking tools and techniques to be a confident and effective communicator.

The Spokeswomen cohort has a maximum of 10 participants to allow for ample speaking opportunities along with fostering connection and vulnerability among participants.

From scenarios including casual inquiries about your business to professional elevator pitches, Spokeswomen will provide a space for you to practice techniques for all types of situations so you can feel confident speaking on the spot.

“Spokeswomen gave me all of the information I never knew I needed! By the end of the course, I was able to confidently and clearly define who I am as a professional and explain my services and their benefits. I learned tricks for making my speeches and content entertaining, engaging, and relatable. I’ve been afraid of promoting my business because I didn’t have the words to market in a convincing way. I no doubt believe that my business will grow now that I’ve gotten over this hurdle. It has been the missing link.” – Spokeswomen Participant Summer 2022

When does Spokeswomen begin? We will be kicking off our Spring 2024 Spokeswomen cohort on April 3rd. Sessions will be 2-hours, from 4pm-6pm, meeting virtually via Zoom for 8 weeks.

What happens at the end of the course? The course will culminate with a virtual speaking event, at which each participant will present their “goal speech” and get a final.

Who should sign up? Maine-based female entrepreneurs who are currently in business.

How much does the program cost? Typically, this program costs $250 per person but for our Spring 2024 cohort, we will be offering this free of charge.

What if my business does not entail public speaking? Spokeswomen will help to build your comfort with speaking up in all kinds of situations that you may find yourself in as an entrepreneur — making a pitch, speaking in front of groups, interviewing, selling, negotiating, and more. No matter what kind of business you own, your ability to communicate your message is essential.

Session Dates: Spokeswomen will meet on Zoom on the following dates:

  • April 3rd, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • April 10th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • (No Session April 17th)

  • April 24th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • May 1st, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • May 8th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • May 15th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • May 22nd, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • May 29th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Fee: No Cost

Association of Women's Business Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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